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Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

Sandweiss, Martha A.

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ISBN 10: 1594202001 / ISBN 13: 9781594202001
Published by Penguin Press, New York, 2009
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, located, and dated by the author on the title page: "For G-- / With admiration & gratitude for his love of books . . . / Martha A. Sandweiss / Amherst / Feb 27, 2009." The book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $27.95). Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005501

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Title: Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love ...

Publisher: Penguin Press, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

The secret double life of the man who mapped the American West, and the woman he loved

Clarence King was a late nineteenth-century celebrity, a brilliant scientist and explorer once described by Secretary of State John Hay as "the best and brightest of his generation." But King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family in Newport: for thirteen years he lived a double life-the first as the prominent white geologist and writer Clarence King, and a second as the black Pullman porter and steelworker named James Todd. The fair, blue-eyed son of a wealthy China trader passed across the color line, revealing his secret to his black common-law wife, Ada Copeland, only on his deathbed. In Passing Strange, noted historian Martha A. Sandweiss tells the dramatic, distinctively American tale of a family built along the fault lines of celebrity, class, and race- a story that spans the long century from Civil War to civil rights.

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Martha A. Sandweiss is Professor of History at Princeton University. She began her career as a museum curator and taught for twenty years at Amherst College. She is the author of numerous works on western American history and the history of photography, including Print the Legend: Photography and the American West, winner of the Organization of American Historians' Ray Allen Billington Award, and Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace, and is the co-editor of the Oxford History of the American West.

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